Search Result for "withering":
1. any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use);
[syn: atrophy, withering]
1. wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction;
- Example: "possessing annihilative power"
- Example: "a devastating hurricane"
- Example: "the guns opened a withering fire"
[syn: annihilative, annihilating, devastating, withering]
2. making light of;
- Example: "afire with annihilating invective"
- Example: "a devastating portrait of human folly"
- Example: "to compliments inflated I've a withering reply"- W.S.Gilbert
[syn: annihilating, devastating, withering]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wither \With"er\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Withered; p. pr. & vb. n. Withering.] [OE. wideren; probably the same word as wederen to weather (see Weather, v. & n.); or cf. G. verwittern to decay, to be weather-beaten, Lith. vysti to wither.] [1913 Webster] 1. To fade; to lose freshness; to become sapless; to become sapless; to dry or shrivel up. [1913 Webster] Shall he hot pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither? --Ezek. xvii. 9. [1913 Webster] 2. To lose or want animal moisture; to waste; to pin? away, as animal bodies. [1913 Webster] This is man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered. --Shak. [1913 Webster] There was a man which had his hand withered. --Matt. xii. 10. [1913 Webster] Now warm in love, now with'ring in the grave. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. To lose vigor or power; to languish; to pass away. "Names that must not wither." --Byron. [1913 Webster] States thrive or wither as moons wax and wane. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Withering \With"er*ing\, a. Tending to wither; causing to shrink or fade. -- With"er*ing*ly, adv. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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